The Newest National Monuments

pullman districtRecently President Barack Obama declared 3 new sites national monuments. All three of these places are an important part of American history and help tell the story of America. They include an industrial district, internment camp and a canyon.

Pullman District, Chicago
This 203-acre site was the first industrial town that was planned in the U.S. It was built by George Pullman in the 1800’s. Its site has a railway car company that dates back to 1867 as well as a variety of buildings and houses. This district is so significant as it was the home to the first strike in the 1890’s which lead the national holiday that honors workers, known as Labor Day. In addition to this some of the workers won a labor agreement that was unheard of at that time. Some claim that this has paved the way for the development of the African American middle class. Throughout the years the district has become run down, but many residents are working to restore the area. It has been featured in several movies like The Fugitive and Road To Perdition. The popular animated children’s movie, The Popular Express even featured a few scenes that used recreated buildings from the Pullman district in the movie.

Honouliuli Internment Camp, Hawaii
This World War II internment camp is situated close to Pearl Harbor. It first opened in 1943 and was used to hold a variety of captors from Europeans-Americans to Japanese-Americans. It held around 4,400 different captors throughout its existence. Although, this camp brings up bad memories for some, for other it brings about memories of bravery and perseverance during this dark time in history. After the camp was closed it was leased and used to grow sugar cane until 2007 when the Monsanto Corporation bought the land.

Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado
This 21,000-acre site is located in the Arkansas River Valley. It is home to a variety of wildlife including bald eagles, peregrine falcons and the bighorn sheep. It is a popular spot for outdoor activities like fishing and hiking. It’s one of the most visited destinations in the country for those that want to go whitewater rafting.

Presidents have had the authority to designate national monuments since 1906 thanks to the Antiquities Act. One of the main benefits of becoming a national monument is that these sites will now be protected. In total President Obama has now designated 16 sites as national monuments since coming into office.

 

Siesta Beach Just Voted The Best Beach In The U.S.

siesta beachAs we know, Florida has a lot of great beaches. Siesta Beach was recently named by TripAdvisor as the best beach in the U.S. It is located in the city of Siesta Key which is also home to some of the best beaches in the world. This isn’t the first time that Siesta Beach has received an award. In 2004 The Travel Channel gave it the prestigious honor of having The Best Sand Beach in America and in 1987 it earned the title of having “the whitest and finest sand in the world” in The Great International Beach Challenge. Here’s what make Siesta Beach and Siesta Key popular destinations for tourists.

About The Beach
Siesta Beach is made up of 99% quartz. This is different from most beaches as they usually consist of pulverized coral. This quartz make the sand extremely soft. It is thought that the sand is at least a million years old and actually from the Appalachian Mountains. The water is a turquoise color and is a beautiful backdrop to the white sand.

About Siesta Key
Siesta Key is only about 20 minutes from the city of Sarasota. It consists of an island that’s only about 8-miles long. Don’t let the small town fool you as there’s plenty to do besides the beach. For those that like the nightlife they can visit The Beach Club or Gilligan’s Island Bar and Grill. For those that want to do some shopping there is everything from shoe shops to wine shops. There are no shortage of accommodations on Siesta Key as there’s over 30 different accommodation types to choose from. Since the town is located right on the beach, there are plenty of watersports to partake in including paddle boarding and kayaking. A popular tourist attraction is the Point of Rocks. This interesting rock formation allows visitors to climb to the top and get a scenic view and maybe catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife.

Siesta beach is a great place for families to visit because there is a lifeguard on duty year round and there’s plenty of shallow water to splash around in near the shoreline. It’s also perfect for those that want a romantic getaway or just want to go on a relaxing vacation. If you are looking for a great vacation, Siesta Key surely won’t disappoint.

 

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